As A Junior (2001-02)
MWC Rankings 4th in assists (3.39), 7th in scoring (15.7), 8th in assist/turnover ratio (1.18), 13th in free throw percentage (.710), 20th in rebounding (4.0).
Named honorable mention all- Mountain West Conference by the league coaches... Became the first player in Mountain West Conference history to rank among the top 10 in scoring and assists and the top 20 in rebounding... Led San Diego State in minutes played (1,140), minutes per game (34.5), free-throws made (120), free-throw attempts (169) and assists (112)... Was second on the squad in points per game (15.7), points (519), steals (34), free-throw percentage (.710) and three-point field goals made (29)... His 519 points in 2001-02 was the 13th highest single-season total in SDSU history... Scored in double figures in 29-of-33 contests... Led the team in scoring nine times, in rebounding five times and in assists a team-best 14 times... Saw action in all 33 games, making 32 starts (his lone non-start was Senior Night when Steve Fisher started five seniors)... His 1,140 minutes played were the most since the statistic started being kept at San Diego State in 1978-79... It broke the old mark of 1,070 held by Michael Cage (1982-83)... Helped lead the Aztecs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1985, and made the third NCAA Tournament appearance of his career (went while playing at Syracuse in 1998-99 and 1999-00)... Earned Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors on Dec. 3 after scoring 20 points against UC San Diego (11-27-01) and 22 points versus Cal State Northridge (12-1-01)... Was the Aztec nominee for the conference’s weekly award five times... Scored a career-high 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field and added six rebounds and five assists in a victory over Houston (1-29-02)... His 33-point effort represents the most points scored by an Aztec player during the Steve Fisher era... Had his highest Mountain West Conference scoring output in Fort Collins, Colo., when he tallied 23 points, connecting on 10-of-14 attempts from the field as the Aztecs claimed their first win at Colorado State (2-16-02) in 20 years... At one point scored in double figures in 15 consecutive games and had 20-plus points in six consecutive contests... Had a San Diego State season-best nine assists, along with 24 points, against Norfolk State (11-21-02)... Scored 20 or more points in six consecutive games, becoming the first Aztec player to accomplish the feat since the 1985-86 season when Anthony Watson put together a seven-game streak... Played 31 or more minutes in 31-of-33 games (the two games he played less than 30 minutes in were SDSU blowouts vs. UC San Diego (98-53) and Eastern Washington (86-58))... Despite compiling major playing time in his two seasons at Syracuse (played in 63 games and logged 1,171 minutes), he posted better numbers as a junior than his first two collegiate seasons combined in points (519 vs. 356), rebounds (131 vs. 96), and assists (112-106)... Also had career season-best numbers recorded in steals and blocked shots... Named the Mountain West Conference Newcomer of the Year by the media prior to the season and also earned a spot on the Ford Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team for his performance in games against Northern Iowa and Texas Tech to open the 2001-02 season.
As A Soph. at Syracuse (1999-2000)
Was one of three Orangemen to start all 32 games... Syracuse reached the “Sweet 16” before falling to eventual national champion Michigan State in Auburn Hills... The Orangemen were co-Big East Conference champions and ended the season with a 26-6 record, 13-3 in league action... Averaged 6.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists as a sophomore... Set a career best with a 22-point outing vs. West Virginia... Scoring average prorated over 40 minutes was 12.8 points... Had six assists vs. Notre Dame... Also had four three-pointers against the Irish... Had 11 double-digit scoring games... Canned 20 of his 32 free-throw attempts on the season... Posted no turnovers in 11 games during the 1999-2000 campaign, including the first three games of the season against Princeton, Wisconsin and Florida Atlantic... Made four three-point field goals (in nine attempts) in a home game against Notre Dame.
As A Fr. at Syracuse (1998-99 Season)
Played in 32 of 33 games for an NCAA tournament team... Orangemen lost in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament to Oklahoma State... Syracuse ended the season 21-12 overall and 10-8 in Big East play... Averaged 4.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest while averaging 15.7 minutes per contest... Had 27 steals and 51 assists as a frosh... Actually attempted eight more free throws (40) as a freshman than he did as a sophomore, despite seeing less playing time... Made first career start vs. St. Bonaventure on Dec. 27... Scored in double figures five times, including a season-high 15 points against Chaminade (11-23-98).
A two-time high school All-American at Westchester High in Los Angeles... Lettered four years, all-section pick four years, all-city selection three years and team captain three years... Led Westchester to the state championship and a number three national ranking his senior season.
Born Jan. 27, 1980, in Los Angeles... Son of Anthony Bland... Has two sisters, Aujia and Meshone... Majoring in sociology... Wears a tattoo on his right bicep of a cross with a rose running through it and a scroll of names and dates of deceased family members... Played pick-up basketball in Green Meadows Park against the likes of Michael Cooper, Norm Nixon, Baron Davis, Paul Pierce, Andre Miller and Larry Drew, among others.